The Times in London broke a story over the weekend that peers in the House of Lords were allegedly “offered to change the law in return for fees of up to £120,000”.
BARON TRUSCOTT of St James’s took a bite of his teacake before explaining to the two lobbyists in front of him just how much it would cost to hire a peer of the realm.
Truscott — a former Labour MEP who was a government minister until 18 months ago — made it clear he had exactly the right credentials.
In the course of their short tea-time conversation he agreed to help them amend a government bill that was harmful to their client, in return for cash.
And from various articles I have been reading online, it seems that the only punishment that will be levied if they are found guilty? A public apology and the loss of the 350 GBP daily allowance. I actually think that they should serve time.
Now – let’s hope that this sort of thing does not happen here in Australia.